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June 4, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:2)


Elijah—The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:7-9

And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

 

 

Thought for Today

God is no one-trick-pony. When God blesses us, solves a problem, sends help or delivers us from trouble, we expect God to rescue us the same way the next time. Sometimes we are so focused on looking for God’s deliverance in the same form that we miss it when it comes in another. Today’s reading is an excellent example of this. God has been providing for Elijah by ravens and a brook. The natural consequences of the drought caused by His challenge to Baal begin to affect the brook. God could have simply kept the brook flowing even if there was no other water in Israel. However, God chooses to provide for Elijah in a different manner. Having provided for Elijah with the things of nature, what might be the least likely alternative? God calls him to leave Israel entirely, go to a foreign country and to be provided for by a widow, a woman with the least resources possible, who doesn’t even believe in the Elijah’s God. Yep, that’s pretty unlikely. However, Elijah has learned to trust God even with the most unlikely requests. God delights in creative solutions that demonstrate His love, care and power. So, if you are facing a problem that you and God have faced together before, don’t look for the same solution He offered last time. God is much too creative for that!

 

Prayer

Lord God, You never cease to amaze me with Your creative provision. Help me to have eyes to see where Your help is coming from. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If the Lord says to give more than you think you are able to give, know that He will provide for you. Whether things are sailing smoothly or the bottom has dropped out, He is always trustworthy. You can count on Almighty God to keep His everlasting Word.— Charles Stanley

 

Quote of the Day

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.— Norman Cousins

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June 3, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-The Lord My Provider (Week 2:1)


Elijah—The Lord My Provider

 

1 Kings 17:2-4

And the word of the Lord came to [Elijah]: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

 

Thought for Today

God knew that after Elijah threw down the gauntlet with Ahab and Jezebel he would need a place to hide. Jezebel is one of the most vindictive people in the whole Bible, as we will see clearly in the next couple weeks. God had a plan to keep Elijah safe after he faithfully stood up to Ahab. God commands him to go to a brook so obscure that we still don’t know its actual location today. There the ravens provided for him. Foraging out into the wilderness and trusting scavengers for your food does not sound like my idea of a solid plan, but it worked perfectly. God kept Elijah safe from the reach of an angry king and queen as the drought began to affect Israel and embarrass Baal. God knows exactly what He is doing, even if it seems like an unlikely plan. Where is God challenging you to trust His plan? Even the most unlikely events can be used perfectly for His purposes. Learn to listen to His voice and trust His direction.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to trust You inn all of my life, especially when Your ways are not my ways. For I know You will do what is best. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we are going to ask for our daily bread, we've got to take the time to receive it and eat it. God provide, but we've got to slow down long enough to taste and see.— Glennon Doyle Melton

 

Quote of the Day

Be not simply good - be good for something.— Henry David Thoreau

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May 30, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah the Prophet 3


Elijah the Prophet

 

1 Kings 17:1

Now Elijah said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

 

Thought for Today

Baal was called “the god of thunder” and “the lord of the morning dew.” His realm was the sky and he was believed to send the rain to water the earth. These titles were meant to show Baal’s wrath and might and his gentleness and grace. This is why the Lord God of Israel commands Elijah to issue a challenge regarding rain and dew. God challenges the area of Baal’s strength. If he is truly the lord of rain and dew it should be no problem for him to make it rain. In less dramatic ways God does the same thing to us. He searches out the points of our pride, the places we think we are strong and have everything under control, and challenges us there. His point is not to make us miserable, but to remind us of Who is truly strong and where our strength should be found. God wants us to depend on Him, not our own strength. So if you are facing a challenge in an area you thought you had under control or where you are proud of your accomplishments, it might be time to humble yourself and give it over to Him. He is the only one who can bring the rain we need.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess my pride and self-sufficiency. Help me to give those things to You, for You can make them more than I ever could. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Humility is preserved when I give credit where credit is due - to God. – Mother Angelica
 

Quote of the Day

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ― Ernest Hemingway



Comments

05-31-2019 at 10:20 AM
Melba Layton
Thank you for these devotions on Elijah and your sermon last week.
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